Hi, my name is Ashley Forwood! I'm a full-time double major at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. When I packed my up my life and set out for this college adventure back in 2016, I promised myself a few simple things: explore the world as much as possible, learn all I can every single day, and help those in need as often as I can. When I discovered I was eligible to study abroad in Central America for a month, I immediately applied without a second thought and was accepted into the program all in the same day. You don't know until you try, right? What a whirlwind it turned out to be! I fell in love with this program because not only does it offer a background on Central America's rich culture, diverse terrain, and amazing people, but it gives me the opportunity to bring back my newfound knowledge to the states and apply it in my everyday life and studies. Not to mention it's my DREAM travel destination, and it could be within my reach! I guess it's important to note that I am majoring in Environmental Economics and Foreign Language with a concentration in Spanish. Not only will I be using EVERYTHING I've learned so far from economics to sustainability to the Spanish language, but I will be receiving and using invaluable life skills that can be used to teach others and help them understand different cultures, diverse economic ideas, and ways to practice sustainable living. I am a dependable, responsible, and bright student with a GPA of 3.80/4.00 and I truly do enjoy learning more than anything else. But now, I'm faced with a challenge: funding. I am reaching out to every available scholarship and grant I can think of, but sometimes that's simply not enough. I'm even finding odd-jobs for work in the little free time I have! And as busy as I am, it's still not enough. This is where you come in. My goal is to raise $4,300 by the beginning of April to pay for the cost of college credit courses, travel insurance, plane tickets, transportation, housing, and excursions while in Central America. Every single dollar counts! This is such an important cause to me because it's more than just wanderlust traveling; this will help me land that great future I've been trying to set myself up for ever since I could remember. Again, please consider donating to my fund, anything you can manage will be truly appreciated. I'd be thankful for EVERY single dollar more than you know because you'd be helping me live out my dreams, one step at a time. Travel and education are two things I am most passionate about in my life, and there's no doubt about that. Thank you for taking the time to read!